While you can breathe through your mouth, you usually do it through your nose. Either way, the body needs ample oxygen to keep every system running. It would be bad for the body if flaws and faults in the nasal structure deprive the body of much needed oxygen, wouldn’t it? That’s one of the issues rhinoplasty in Portland aims to address; and surgeons like David Maglike are the right people for the job.

Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” is not performed exclusively for aesthetic purposes, as it could help improve breathing by restructuring nasal passages. In 1999, researchers from the University of Illinois reported an improvement rate of nearly 100 percent in breathing among rhinoplasty patients. Some patients who turned to rhinoplasty have even tried other methods of allowing more air, to no avail.

For Dr. Lawrence Reed, assistant professor at Cornell University’s plastic surgery program, the so-called “nose job” has shifted its focus over the past three decades. Rhinoplasty today is now more likely done by repositioning the nose, than removing excess cartilage. Reed argued that the latter procedure only restricted airflow even more during normal breathing.

There are a lot of things your nose has that your mouth doesn’t. For one, the nose has its own filtration system, in the form of nasal hair or cilia, that mechanically block off particles suspended in ingested air. This is how people are able to inhale clean air, in spite of being in an extremely dusty environment.

In a Japanese study, it was found that breathing through the nose improves gaseous exchange including carbon dioxide content in the alveoli by as much as seven percent. The alveoli are the miniscule structure within the lungs that are tasked with handling the exchange of gases between the atmosphere and the bloodstream. . In the study, the alveoli produced a partial pressure of 43.7 mm Hg of carbon dioxide in nasal breathing compared with the 40.6 mm Hg in oral breathing.

Carbon dioxide levels that go below 35 mm Hg may put you at risk of hypocapnia. This is a state of reduced carbon dioxide in the blood which leads to oxygen starvation. MRI images illustrate decreased activity across the brain due to the lack of carbon dioxide in the system.

Plastic surgery in Portland can further improve your overall health. Your nose, in this case, is the main consideration.